Writers to Read: Nine Names that Belong on Your Bookshelf

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Douglas Wilson

If books are among our friends, we ought to choose them wisely.

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But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. In Writers to Read, Doug Wilson―someone who’s spent a lifetime writing, reading, and teaching others to do the same―introduces us to nine of his favorite authors from the last 150 years, exploring their interesting lives, key works, and enduring legacies. In doing so, Wilson opens our eyes to literary mentors who not only teach us what good writing looks like, but also help us become better readers in the process.

What People Are Saying:

“Douglas Wilson has a legendary track record of helping reintroduce his audience to the great Christian intellectual tradition. In Writers to Read, we find Wilson at his best: curating the authors who have inspired him and who he believes will galvanize the next generation with theological conviction and imagination. Highly recommended.”
~Gregory Alan Thornbury, Vice President, New York Academy of Art; author, Recovering Classic Evangelicalism

“If you combined G. K. Chesterton, H. L. Menken, and P. G. Wodehouse and mixed them with evangelicalism, you’d produce a writer like Douglas Wilson. Not only is Wilson one of our finest writers; he’s a superb reader and an excellent guide to the writing of luminaries such as Chesterton, Menken, and Wodehouse. Whether introducing you to authors you’ve never read or reacquainting you with old favorites, Writers to Read will help you become a better reader.” ~Joe Carter, Editor, The Gospel Coalition; contributor, NIV Lifehacks Bible

“Wilson opens the twentieth-century vault to reveal a collection of authors who lived during our memory, or our grandparents’, and are worthy companions on the shelf with Lewis and Tolkien. Refreshingly broad, Wilson connects you personally with nine authors and critiques them with the penetrating Christian perspective present in all of Wilson’s works. This is a must-read for those who, like me, appreciate a few contemporary stepping-stones between Lewis and the great books of antiquity.” ~David Goodwin, President, Association of Classical Christian Schools

“Doug Wilson is regarded by both friends and foes as a master wordsmith. In Writers to Read, he introduces us to those who taught him (and still teach him) his craft. This book is like a side door into a little diner down a back alley where the nouns pop, the verbs sizzle, and the fry cooks are known only by their initials. If you want an inside look at the art of word weaving, this book is for you.” ~Joe Rigney, Assistant Professor of Theology and Literature, Bethlehem College & Seminary; author, The Things of Earth and Strangely Bright

AUTHOR: Douglas Wilson


PAGE COUNT: 176 pages

SIZE: 5.50x8.50"

BINDING: Paperback

ISBN-10: 1433545837

ISBN-13: 9781433545832

RELEASE DATE: April 31, 2015

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Jonathan Sheets
A great analysis of the authors’ worldviews and respective places on your bookshelf

Doug highlights each author’s contribution and their reason for having a place on every Christians bookshelf. Their theological perspectives very as widely as they could, but I especially enjoyed HL Mencken’s chapter and his relationship with J Gresham Machen

Joshua McKinney
Writing for the Christian Life

Pastor Wilson does a great job of presenting authors that have shaped his life and offers compelling insights into why they should be on your bookshelf and can inform your Christian Life.